The 24-year-old Ohio State star had landed among the professionals in 2019 chosen by Washington, last year the move to Pittsburgh
Sudden death rocks the NFL world. News arrives of the passing of 24-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers reserve quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Hit today, Saturday April 9, in the morning in the United States, by a vehicle. He was training in Florida with a few teammates. Haskins had been picked number 15 in the 2019 draft by Washington, then was seen as an intriguing promise, after an extraordinary season at Ohio State University ended in Rose Bowl success. Incredibly, in hindsight, he had even beaten Joe Burrow to take the starting spot for the Buckeyes back then. But in the NFL, his career was immediately derailed, after a disastrous season and a half in the capital. Yet there was still plenty of hope for him. Adversity seemed to have matured him and he accepted a supporting role with the Steelers last year, earning a renewal for next season a month ago. Unfortunately, his professional history turns into an unfinished drama.
Haskins, after his brilliant debut in high school in Maryland, had become yet another cover quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, superpower of the oval ball at the NCAA level. In Columbus, he had been redishirted the first year, then he had finally tasted the field the second, albeit from the reserve of JT Barrett. The third season had been that of consecration. Strong. He had thrown for 50 touchdowns, against only 8 interceptions. And he finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy, the best college player. Behind Murray and Tagovailoa. He therefore left university at the height of his glory, obtaining among other things a degree in journalism.
FLOP IN WASHINGTON
But it hadn’t worked in the NFL. Despite the huge general expectations, the owner was almost ready to go. Looking back, maybe they were all in too much of a rush. Haskins played 16 games for the Capital side, 13 since start, throwing just 12 touchdowns and suffering as many as 14 interceptions. In October 2020, after the 10-30 beating he suffered in the “derby” with Baltimore, he was benched. And then cut. He paid for a bad attitude, plus an unsatisfactory performance. He had broken pandemic protocol, the work ethic left something to be desired. Coach (Jay) Gruden and Coach Rivera had never been his great admirers, it was in fact the owner Snyder who imposed his will: he imagined him as a winning face of franchise. But he had broken the bank soon. Very soon.
But Haskins had found a foothold, Coach Tomlin in Pittsburgh had thrown him a lifeline. He didn’t play last season, only third in the quarterback hierarchy behind legend Roethlisberger and mediocre Rudolph. But he had seemed mature, and the talent might have been overrated, but there was certainly no shortage of it. So he would have started from new recruit Mitch Trubisky’s first reserve, though then Pitt seems willing to draft a quarterback to round out the department. But Haskins was now seen as a possibility, not a disappointment. Then the drama. “I have no words, Dwayne was a very talented young man,” says Tomlin. Steelers Defenseman of the Year TJ Watt isn’t resting. “The world has lost a great person”. The NFL rallies around the Haskins family, mourning their passing.
April 9 – 7:54 PM
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